Data Science at Massive Scale: In Conversation with Solmaz Shahalizadeh, Shopify


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Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) is one of those unlikely success stories that entrepreneurial dreams are made of. In 2006, co-founder and CEO Tobias Lutke was a 24 year old German autodidact programmer who had followed his girlfriend to Ottawa, Canada. He partnered with an older entrepreneur, Scott Lake, to start an eCommerce business selling snowboards, Snowdevil. As … Continue reading Data Science at Massive Scale: In Conversation with Solmaz Shahalizadeh, Shopify

The Path to a $2.7B Unicorn: In Conversation with Zach Perret, CEO, Plaid


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“We are, by far, the earliest company here”. This how Zach Perret, CEO of Plaid, started his talk at his first appearance at Data Driven NYC, back in February 2013. “We are basically three guys, coding 24 hours a day, and building developer tools…”. Fast forward to today: the company was valued at $2.7B (“allegedly”, … Continue reading The Path to a $2.7B Unicorn: In Conversation with Zach Perret, CEO, Plaid

The Path to a $2.7B Unicorn: In Conversation with Zach Perret, CEO, Plaid


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“We are, by far, the earliest company here”. This how Zach Perret, CEO of Plaid, started his talk at his first appearance at Data Driven NYC, back in February 2013. “We are basically three guys, coding 24 hours a day, and building developer tools…”. Fast forward to today: the company was valued at $2.7B (“allegedly”, … Continue reading The Path to a $2.7B Unicorn: In Conversation with Zach Perret, CEO, Plaid

Bootstrapping


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Perhaps this is slightly strange for an early stage venture VC, but I’m fascinated by entrepreneurs who bootstrap their tech startup and build them into very large, industry-leading companies. The odds of building a massive company are low enough for the lucky few that manage to raise tens (or hundreds) of millions of venture capital … Continue reading Bootstrapping

Go to Market Strategies for Enterprise Startups: In Conversation with Martin Casado, GP, Andreessen Horowitz


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What is the number one mistake technical founders make? Why is pricing so important? Should entrepreneurs avoid at all costs having a service component to their business? What is fundamentally new and different in go to market strategies for modern enterprise software startups? A self-avowed “failed physicist”, Martin Casado is a General Partner at Andreessen … Continue reading Go to Market Strategies for Enterprise Startups: In Conversation with Martin Casado, GP, Andreessen Horowitz

From 0 to $200M in Revenues in 7 years: In Conversation with Ben Uretsky, Co-Founder, Digital Ocean


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  Who would be crazy enough to compete head-on with AWS? The question was almost as obvious seven years ago than it is today.  Yet in just a few years since its founding,  Digital Ocean, a cloud infrastructure startup based in New York with data centers around the world, has managed to build a very … Continue reading From 0 to $200M in Revenues in 7 years: In Conversation with Ben Uretsky, Co-Founder, Digital Ocean

Data, AI & Hedge Funds: In Conversation with Matt Ober, Chief Data Scientist at Third Point


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  The hedge fund world has been evolving dramatically over the last few years. Just like in other industries, software, data and AI/ML have been playing an increasingly important, and disruptive, role.  Many hedge funds have been scrambling to embrace this evolution – not just to gain an edge, but also to avoid becoming extinct. … Continue reading Data, AI & Hedge Funds: In Conversation with Matt Ober, Chief Data Scientist at Third Point

Scaling AI Startups


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Not so long ago, AI startups were the new shiny object that everyone was getting excited about.   It was a time of seemingly infinite promise: AI was going to not just redefine everything in business, but also offer entrepreneurs opportunities to build category-defining companies. A few years (and billions of dollars of venture capital) later, … Continue reading Scaling AI Startups

AI & Blockchain: An Introduction


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  In the history of computing, massive new trends seem to appear every 10 or 15 years – the PC, the Internet, Web 2.0, etc.   At first, the new trend(s) often seem both highly experimental and over-hyped, but over time they take hold, attracting ever more capital and talent, and gradually become the new paradigm. … Continue reading AI & Blockchain: An Introduction

Great Power, Great Responsibility: The 2018 Big Data & AI Landscape


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  It’s been an exciting, but complex year in the data world.   Just as last year, the data tech ecosystem has continued to “fire on all cylinders”.  If nothing else, data is probably even more front and center in 2018, in both business and personal conversations.  Some of the reasons, however, have changed. On … Continue reading Great Power, Great Responsibility: The 2018 Big Data & AI Landscape

Beyond IoT: Building Decentralized, Intelligent Infrastructure


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As I wrote recently, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been experiencing, at a minimum, some serious growing pains.  This is particularly true for consumer IoT where a lot of old issues (interoperability) remain, while others (security) are becoming more concerning.  With a few bright exceptions, many consumer IoT products solve first-world problems, often representing … Continue reading Beyond IoT: Building Decentralized, Intelligent Infrastructure

Frontier AI: How far are we from artificial “general” intelligence, really?


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Some call it “strong” AI, others “real” AI, “true” AI or artificial “general” intelligence (AGI)… whatever the term (and important nuances), there are few questions of greater importance than whether we are collectively in the process of developing generalized AI that can truly think like a human — possibly even at a superhuman intelligence level, … Continue reading Frontier AI: How far are we from artificial “general” intelligence, really?

The Compression of the Hype Cycle


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  I spend a lot of time thinking about hype cycles, across industries (Big Data/AI, IoT) and ecosystems (New York). Whether you use the Carlota Perez surge cycle (see this great Fred Wilson post) or the Gartner version, hype cycles convey the fundamental idea that technology markets don’t develop linearly, but instead go through phases of … Continue reading The Compression of the Hype Cycle

The Compression of the Hype Cycle


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  I spend a lot of time thinking about hype cycles, across industries (Big Data/AI, IoT) and ecosystems (New York). Whether you use the Carlota Perez surge cycle (see this great Fred Wilson post) or the Gartner version, hype cycles convey the fundamental idea that technology markets don’t develop linearly, but instead go through phases of … Continue reading The Compression of the Hype Cycle

The Compression of the Hype Cycle


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I spend a lot of time thinking about hype cycles, across industries (Big Data/AI, IoT) and ecosystems (New York). Whether you use the Carlota Perez surge cycle (see this great Fred Wilson post) or the Gartner version, hype cycles convey the fundamental idea that technology markets don’t develop linearly, but instead go through phases of boom … Continue reading The Compression of the Hype Cycle

Ledger and the Fundamental Need for a Security Infrastructure in Crypto


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  2017 was an extraordinary and crazy year in the world of cryptocurrencies. Prices skyrocketed (Bitcoin: +1,400%; Litecoin: +5,400%, Ethereum: +8,700%; Ripple +35,000%).  ICOs raised over $3 billion.  Crypto hedge funds emerged all over the map and a handful of blockchain startups reached unicorn-level valuations. Almost inevitably, the price of individual cryptocurrencies will experience substantial … Continue reading Ledger and the Fundamental Need for a Security Infrastructure in Crypto

Ledger and the Fundamental Need for a Security Infrastructure in Crypto


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  2017 was an extraordinary and crazy year in the world of cryptocurrencies. Prices skyrocketed (Bitcoin: +1,400%; Litecoin: +5,400%, Ethereum: +8,700%; Ripple +35,000%).  ICOs raised over $3 billion.  Crypto hedge funds emerged all over the map and a handful of blockchain startups reached unicorn-level valuations. Almost inevitably, the price of individual cryptocurrencies will experience substantial … Continue reading Ledger and the Fundamental Need for a Security Infrastructure in Crypto

Growing Pains: The 2018 Internet of Things Landscape


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For proponents of the Internet of Things, the last 12-18 months have been often frustrating. The Internet of Things (IoT) was supposed to be huge by now.  Instead, the industry news has been dominated by a string of startup failures, as well as alarming security issues.  Cisco estimated in a (controversial) study that almost 75% … Continue reading Growing Pains: The 2018 Internet of Things Landscape

Growing Pains: The 2018 Internet of Things Landscape


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  For proponents of the Internet of Things, the last 12-18 months have been often frustrating. The Internet of Things (IoT) was supposed to be huge by now.  Instead, the industry news has been dominated by a string of startup failures, as well as alarming security issues.  Cisco estimated in a (controversial) study that almost … Continue reading Growing Pains: The 2018 Internet of Things Landscape

SelfMade


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The concept of “personal branding” has evolved dramatically over the last few years.   What used to be the territory of naturally self-promotional individuals has now become an imperative for many professionals. Whether you want it or not, employers and potential customers will look you up on social media and form judgement.  It is essentially no … Continue reading SelfMade